Not What You Think with Zacha Rosen

30 EpisodesProduced by FBi Radio

Prison, comics, pirates, dating, edible computers and caecilians. From Sydney's FBi Radio, we talk about the quiet ideas you haven't heard of. Yet. Subscribe on iTunes or elsewhere. [405192]

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505: Quinceañeras (Gabriela Coronado) — SUPPORTER DRIVE SPECIAL

September 26th, 2018


In Mexico and across Latin America, and Australia, a quinceañera is a celebration of turning fifteen. It’s usually a party, usually for a girl and you might have seen a version of one in Jane the VirginOne Day at a …

504: Dinner Table Racism (Nur Alam and Yvonne Perczuk)

February 9th, 2018


People say some stupid stuff when they think they're among friends. "All Jews" are this, maybe. Or "all Muslims" are that. Do you confront casual racism when you hear it, in private places like the dinner table, from …

503: Making a Fashion Festival in Western Sydney (Thuy Ngyuen)

February 2nd, 2018


Just because you don’t see people like yourself up on stage in international fashion shows doesn’t mean you don’t want good fashion of your own. There are great designers making clothes that include Fijian design, …

502: Ordinary Drones (Peter Robinson)

January 26th, 2018


There are exciting drones and there are definitely scary drones. But drones have quieter things going on as well. They’re already at work doing …

501: Peace Journalism (Zainab Abdul-Nabi)

January 19th, 2018


War in the news is kind of hard to watch. Conflict gets presented like sports — two sides: one wins, one loses. Advocates of peace journalism think that war can be covered better than this. And, by reporting more to us …

408: Midwives, Doctors and Rabbits (Amelia Dale)

October 28th, 2016


Almost three hundred years ago, a woman called Mary Toft was interrogated a bunch of doctors in London. She was interrogated after having given birth to a litter of rabbits. Or so she claimed.

But, in that era, one of …

407: The Milky Way is Disappearing (Angel Lopez-Sanchez)

October 21st, 2016


There’s this thing that’s disappearing in cities across the world: the entire Milky Way. Light pollution means that more and more people can’t see …

406: Telling One Frog From Another (Jodi Rowley)

October 14th, 2016


It's not just that there are a lot of different kinds of amphibians. There are a lot of different kinds of frogs. Some fight, some bark, some sing. we have a lot to learn from this (often) threated variety of …

405: How to Close All of Italy's Asylums if You're a Basaglia (John Foot)

October 7th, 2016


In 1978, Italy passed a law to shut down its Asylums. The asylums were ageing, horrfying institutions that weren’t so great at looking after people. Two people at the centre of the change were Franco Basaglia and his …

404: Reading What Spies Write About You (Lars Rutz)

September 29th, 2016


Lars Rutz grew up in the East Berlin bohemian scene in communist Germany in the 80s. Like a lot of people in the East, he wanted to leave. But East …

403: Grandmas (Kristen Hawkes)

September 23rd, 2016


Why is menopause a thing? Only three species really do it: short-finned pilot whales, killer whales and humans beings. It’s biologically strange. And …

402: The Ex. Ex. (Will Scates Frances)

September 16th, 2016


Nowadays the Ex. Ex. is less famous that The XX. But in the early nineteenth century, it was one of the most ambitious journeys in history. The US Exploring Expedition (the Ex. Ex.), traveled the Pacific on a mission of …

401: The Unreliability of Witness Testimony (Celine Van Golde)

September 9th, 2016


If you’re a fan of Serial, Law & Order, Making a Murderer, you’ve probably spent a bit of time watching TV police making people confess to their …

306: Molluscs (Ross Coleman)

April 7th, 2016



They're pretty much all guts, foot, teeth and maybe a bit of shell. Snails, limpets, octopuses or giant squid: they're all a kind of mollusc. You'll …

305: LGBTIQ Domestic Violence (Moo Baulch)

April 7th, 2016


This episode talks about domestic violence in the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bixexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer) community. It's probably not appropriate …

304: Making Newpapers for Children (Saffron Howden)

March 11th, 2016


While a lot of newspapers in the grownup world are struggling to get by, one kind of newspaper is doing kind of ok thank you. In France, Germany and the UK children's newspapers are going strong, mailed out to a …

303: Making it Big and Making it Small in Comics (Matt Huynh)

February 26th, 2016


It seems a bit like comic books are everywhere these days: dominating our screens from Iron Man to Jessica Jones. But this isn't the first time that there's been a comic book boom. And it's not always as easy to ride …

302: Motoboys and Motogirls (Antoni Abad)

February 19th, 2016


São Paolo has a traffic problem. But while the cars stand still, motoboys (and motogirls) ride up the "corridor of death" between gridlock. Over two …

301: Growing Older as a Lesbian (Teresa Savage)

February 12th, 2016


Have you ever thought about what the world is like as you get older? It can be hard. Even harder if you're a woman. And harder still if you're gay. …

205: Living Secret Lives (Sophie Long)

July 23rd, 2015


Actor, standup and improvisor Sophie Long kind of has two secret lives. In one of them, she learned Impro at the Second City, where Tina Fey and …

204: Getting Bacteria to do What You Want (Nicholas Coleman)

July 23rd, 2015


We can actually do a lot just with bacteria. Microbiologist Nicholas Coleman wants to tell you exactly how much. We can build them into computers, …

203: How Pirates Get Organised (Kyra Maya Phillips)

July 23rd, 2015


Kyra Maya Phillips wrote a book trying to understand illicit economies with Alexa Clay, the Misfit Economy. But in this episode she’s geeking out about pirates. Get the lowdown on how pirates did things, from pirate …

202: People Keep Grabbing My Hair (Ameisa Meima Konneh)

July 23rd, 2015


How would you feel if random strangers kept grabbing your hair? African Australian women deal with this all the time. It’s annoying, it’s humiliating …

201: Gentleness in Dating (Emma Daniels)

July 23rd, 2015


How bad can a first date get? Emma Daniels has seen lots of first dates running her speed dating night, Dear Pluto. She likes first dates, she likes internet dating. She also wants to tell you that they work better with …

105: Difference (Clare Holland)

January 24th, 2015


Not What You Think has finished its summer run, but as a special podcast-only extra we're bringing you our never-before-broadcast pilot episode. For …

104: Queer Sex Ethics (Viv McGregor)

January 17th, 2015


For the final episode of Not What You Think, we're talking about ethics. Sexy, sexy ethics. The rights and wrongs in sex can get tricky for anyone. Does it get any trickier if you're queer?

Viv McGregor is a Community …

103: Families of Muslim Offenders (Ola El Hassan)

January 10th, 2015



We’re talking about what happens when you go to jail. Not to you, but to your family. Families suffer along with the offender, but they haven’t really done anything wrong. There’s no map to work off: it can be like a …

102: Transient Global Amnesia (Alan Rosen)

January 3rd, 2015


Two years ago Zacha got an email from his Mum, Viv Miller. It started "As I write this to you, your father is spending the night in Belfast Hospital". It only got stranger from there. Zacha's father, Alan Rosen, tells …

101: Landfill (Blake Lindley)

December 27th, 2014


In this first episode we talk landfill and how Sydney's kind of running out of it, with sustainability consultant Blake Lindley.

Blake was suggested …

000 What is Not What You Think? (teaser)

December 24th, 2014


Zacha takes a literal minute to try to explain what this program is even about.

Not What You Think is a show for the quiet ideas. The first episode will air this Saturday, December 27 at 11am on FBi Radio in Sydney. …

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